10 Underappreciated Comic Book Movies That Deserve A Second Chance

Can The Incredible Hulk finally get some love?


You didn’t want to be Richard Donner in early 1978. His Superman movie went so far over budget that the sequel, being shot simultaneously, was abandoned. Bracing themselves for a disaster, the producers threw everything they had into the first movie and crossed their fingers.

As it happened, not only did Donner’s movie become a huge hit, it was included on Roger Ebert’s list of Great Movies, an incredible honour for a “mere” comic book movie. Adjusted for ticket price inflation, it was more popular at the time than Superman Returns or Man Of Steel. It was a pop culture phenomenon.

Rumours of similarly troubled shoots surrounded the production of Bryan Singer’s X-Men and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, which also broke through the chatter and went on to set box office records. If there’s a moral here, it’s that time is the only critic whose opinion matters.

Not every comic book movie gets to repeat their success, however. For every Wonder Woman, there’s a movie that underwhelmed audiences on release and acquired an undeserved reputation as a stinker. These films deserve a second chance, if only to prove they’re not as bad as you remembered.


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'